Original Roleplay vs. Canon Roleplay Feb 14, 2009 19:53:34 GMT -8
Post by viruszero on Feb 14, 2009 19:53:34 GMT -8
Nearly all role plays I come across even the ones that say their original are actually mostly cannon for example nearlly all RPG's I see on proboards are based off books or big online RPG's, video games movies ect very few are actually truely original.
If its not original then its cannon
Me im torn between the two but I do get frustrated when people advertise their so called original ideas 0.o''
Canon isn't necessarily lazier... Sure you are in an established universe, but there is oft plenty of work you can do to make it original. What if plots or filling in loopholes in official works for starters.
Though personally, when I make a canon RP, I absolutely hate people RPing as canon characters... (It bugs me because many times I find people butcher the characters.) So I require original characters, which also adds to the originality of the RP. And for myself, I make up most of the characters I intend to use anyway. (There might be a few characters that I take from the existing universe because they're a key aspect of it. Such as if I'm making a halo RP, then I might have Master Chief appear.)
Besides, even original RP's can be lazily done. Plot half thought out, contradictions abounds, poor moderation and et certera.
Also, if you have an original RP, you still have some setting which imediately informs you as to roughly what it could be about. For example- "An original fantasy/medieval RP."
Very vague and general I know, but even from that you have a rough idea of what to expect. It's not like you expect to see cars flying about, but you might expect to see magic or knights in armor.
As far as being easier, I don't think canon are any easier. If anything they may be harder. Why? Because you are in a situation where the universe exists and you are trying to be part of it. It's not simply the case that every time you can simply go off an do whatever. Say for a canon Halo rp, if you play as a Spartan and run off and join the Covenant. (I'm pretty sure you would not really able to do that in the rp... It might make for an interesting RP if you could though.)
Feb 14, 2009 11:51:08 GMT -8 @fantasmic said:
I don't think it's laziness... Not in like, 99% of the cases. Not everyone who role plays is a story writer, and thus canon ideas come more naturally. It's not lazy so much as playing to your strengths. Some people work better when a foundation is already laid, and they just have to add the bricks to make the building. Personally, I can do both, but I'd rather keep my original ideas for my books. And if I need help, I'll ask an RP friend if they wanna RP a a random scenario on the side. But for sites? I like canon. As someone already said, there's already an established fan base, however big or small, for you to attract members. And I've yet to see any truly "original" sites. The boarding school ones are largely spin offs of Harry Potter without the magic. The private school ones are all practically identical to Gossip Girl. And then there's 8379 million (exaggerating? Just a little) wolf and horse role plays. I've seen more original plots that are canon plot twists than self proclaimed original sites.
Excellent point, it does seem that there are an absurd number of Harry Potter and Twilight RPs out there...